The French Shed - Puhoi

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19 The French Shed is all about lush, girly loveliness. Ironically, it resides opposite the ultimate man-cave–Puhoi Pub, in the very rustic historic Stables building over the road. Owner Tracy Bennett says “It’s so funny when men come in. Just about all of them go, ‘love the floorboards’–but then I do have male customers that come in off their Harleys and buy clothing and gifts for their partners.”

The French Shed is an eclectic mix of old and new, specializing in antique hand selected French furniture from rural France, gifts, homewares and designer clothing.

Tracy’s varied career has spanned design, advertising, marketing and television. She was a wedding photographer for fifteen years; her camera skills make her social media (find The French Shed on Facebook and Instagram) a constant treat as her 20,000+ followers well know.

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But a workplace accident a few years ago forced her to find a new strategy. Being a confirmed Francophile she decided to see if she could combine her passion for French design with clothing created by Puhoi resident and friend Donelle Scott–Lace. They make a great team.

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Tracy loves the laid-back vibe of Puhoi. “I met some Australian tourists at the pub recently who were only in New Zealand because their tickets to Bali got cancelled due to the volcanic eruption. They discovered Puhoi after a day trip and loved it so much they stayed at the pub the whole week. We had them up at our place for dinner and ended up staying the night – that’s real New Zealand.”

The French Shed is open Thursday to Sunday 11am to 3pm or by appointment.